High-speed trains and efficient commuter rails are now the mark of a technology-advanced transportation sector, yet the U.S. still lags behind with its clunky Amtrak railways.
At São Paulo’s recent annual rail expo, commuters were given a first look at what one company is proposing as a solution to chronic congestion in South America’s largest metropolis.
Designed to move 48,000 people an hour – about as many passengers as a small to medium-sized metro – this will be the world’s largest mass-transit monorail. It is due to enter operation in early 2014, with full completion of the 24km track – to feature 17 stations – by the end of 2016.
The growing enthusiasm of foreign railway companies for Brazil comes as Latin America’s largest economy is gradually, if reluctantly, falling out of love with the car.
Photo credit: Bombarder is planning to build the INNOVIA Monorail for São Paulo, Brazil. Bombardier / Bombardier.com